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Comment Re:Why IS systemd hated so much? (Score 1) 697

It takes some control away from administrators/developers/users and concentrates it into the distribution maintainer. Most people appreciate this, because they like to work less, some people don't, because they like to fix things themselves when they break, to use their system in a manner that the distribution maintainer hasn't planned, or to know the details of how the system works.

In practice, you can't avoid it if you want to use the most common userspaces for Linux. The average user won't care about its presence per se.

Comment A relic from the past (Score 4, Interesting) 315

The set of characters present on many European keyboards was defined by the ancient localized ASCII encodings, ISO 646. Yes, there were non-US versions of ASCII, that contained funny characters in the lower 7 bit range. This allowed for a very limited amount of regional characters (around 10), and as a result many useful characters were omitted, such as uppercase variants and precise diacritics. This is not only a problem for the French, and it isn't due to the AZERTY/QWERTY difference.

Comment Re:Former Linux/Firefox user now using W10/Edge. (Score 5, Informative) 250

In which ways do you find that the Edge UI is better than Firefox's? In Edge, you can't drag-and-drop files, so you need to resort to Windows 3.1-era browse dialog boxes if you need to choose a file. You can't download files properly either: downloads will stop when you close the browser window, there's absolutely no way of knowing how fast you are downloading, and when the downloads finish, they silently open BEHIND the browser window. The UI has the same nature as that of the Lynx browser, that is text lines, but it has much fewer features and it's perhaps even less intuitive: the text-only links that make up the UI are actually hidden behind cryptic hieroglyphs and when you need a feature, assuming it's one of the few features that Edge actually supports, you have to hunt for it by clicking those pictograms to find out that they reveal hidden surfaces, sliding tabs and other incoherent, undiscoverable UI elements. I really can't understand what's to like in that browser, nor how a browser so limited and buggy could ever be released as part of a paid product. Even searching for text can cause Edge to crash on my machine. And even when it doesn't crash, the text search thingy remains stuck open even if you change tab or close the current one. It's as if the developers hadn't tested even the basic use cases of a browser (searching for text, downloading a file) before releasing it as a supposedly finished application.

Comment Re:Is Windows10 a thing? (Score 1) 195

I've had mixed success with that: most hardware will indeed work, but you may run into problems. For instance, for some reason older webcam drivers will work on Windows 10 in desktop applications, but won't work with Modern applications (you get a black picture or a “camera is busy” error). Display drivers are also problematic: I had a kind of netbook with an AMD APU, bought just two years ago, for which AMD have stated that they won't release a proper driver for Windows 10, and that I'm not supposed to use the one for Windows 8.1. In other cases I have solved the problem as you say by forcing a specific driver in place of the one that Windows had selected automatically, but it has happened to me that some time later Windows Update replaced the driver that I had installed with a newer version of the one that doesn't work. I can live fixing that each time it happens but I wouldn't recommend my aunt to have a machine in this situation.

Come to think of it, my biggest source of trouble with the Windows 10 update have been AMD drivers: I can report a laptop which can't adjust the brightness level, another one that pauses for 60s on startup and resume, and another one which isn't able to play videos without stuttering.

Comment Re:Is Windows10 a thing? (Score 1) 195

One reason to stay behind could be owning a device that has drivers for Windows 8.1 but no driver, or a crappy one, for Windows 10. While Microsoft have an interest in the users of those devices upgrading to Windows 10, device manufacturers and laptop vendors have no interest in spending resources to support people who have already bought their products. As a result, a surprising amount of recent hardware doesn't work or is buggy under Windows 10.

Comment Re:Backwards compatbility is why Windows is a succ (Score 2) 125

If we’re talking about Linux proper, then Linux's binary compatibility goes as far as letting you run executables in the a.out format even with the very latest Linux kernel. As long as you provide the ancient libraries required to run them. Why, on Linux, through Wine, you can run 16-bit Windows applications, which won’t even run on 64-bit Windows.

The fact that distributions no longer ship old libraries, or that the community of developers has a certain tendency to introduce new “frameworks” and deprecate existing ones, shouldn’t be confused with an alleged technical inability of the Linux kernel or its traditional GNU userspace to maintain backwards compatibility.

Comment Re:nobody uses 64 bit browsers? (Score 1) 125

Firefox stable for 64-bit Windows has been released, you can get it from the mozilla FTP site.

Download link, Download link for the EME-free version.

I think that they aren’t offering it yet from the main download page because they want to prevent non-tech savvy people from downloading it and finding out that flash doesn’t work. To me, that’s actually a plus.

Comment Re:Not Excessive Tracking (Score 2) 227

I've been on the internet since the time of 28.8 modems and I don't remember ads being more obnoxious than today. Once upon a time they were just banners of animated gifs of two different sizes, with a couple of frames of animation. Things started getting awful when advertisers began taking advantage of javascript to manipulate the browser window, favorites and so on. Which got fixed after browsers began blocking pop-ups (and IIRC that move was induced by the appearance of third-party plugins, too). Nowadays, with HTML5, advertisers are free to do whatever they want - and they exercise that freedom to the maximum extent. Pages are artificially restricted to one third of the visible screen, with the two remaining thirds reserved for huge ads that often contain - let's say so - eye-catching content that cannot be hidden. Self-playing videos will pop up from every corner of the page, either automatically or when you make the mistake of hovering the mouse pointer over them, perhaps while the pointer was on its way to click a link that you effectively were interested in. Such videos become full-screen, have extremely bandwidth-intensive content and play abrupt, annoying audio tracks that are always recorded at an extremely high volume, and the button to close them, when it's not missing or not working, is extremely hard to find and use. And I haven't talked about the extreme espionage put in place by ad networks: not only they will make a dossier about you even if you don't log into any site you visit, but now they will even associate that dossier with your real identity when you buy stuff in the real world.

I have nothing but admiration and respect for the United States of America. I think that you are a great country, built by great people, who have a lot to teach to the rest to the world. But I also think that you should stop believing the FUD that the world will end if you don't let mega-corporations rape your rights in every possible way. Compromises can be made, too, once in a while.

Microsoft

Windows Telemetry Rolls Out 527

ihtoit writes: Last week came the warning, now comes the roll out. One of the most most controversial aspects of Windows 10 is coming to Windows 7 and 8. Microsoft has released upgrades which enable the company to track what a user is doing. The updates – KB3075249, KB3080149 and KB3068708 – all add "customer experience and diagnostic telemetry" to the older versions. gHacks points out that the updates will ignore any previous user preferences reporting: "These four updates ignore existing user preferences stored in Windows 7 and Windows 8 (including any edits made to the Hosts file) and immediately starts exchanging user data with vortex-win.data.microsoft.com and settings-win.data.microsoft.com."

Comment Re:Is there a browser that doesn't try to be a nan (Score 2) 199

It's not that Firefox disables flash behind your back: it displays a security warning in place of flash boxes, having a button to enable the plugin again. Also, it will only do it for versions of flash which are known to be vulnerable. This is quite a good thing IMHO: remaining within the nanny terminology, it's not a matter of how much grown up you are, if you have a vulnerable plugin, and you visit a compromised site, your machine will be owned.

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